Clay's Ark (Paperback)

By Octavia E. Butler

Grand Central Publishing, 9781538751503

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

Other Editions of This Title:
Mass Market (12/1/1996)
MP3 CD (11/3/2015)

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A gripping tale of survival as an alien pandemic irrevocably changes humanity, from the critically acclaimed author of Parable of the Sower.

In a violent near-future, Asa Elias Doyle and her companions encounter an alien life form so heinous and destructive, they exile themselves in the desert so as not to contaminate other humans. Resisting the compulsion to infect others is mental agony, but succumbing would mean relinquishing their humanity and free will. Desperate, they kidnap a doctor and his two daughters as they cross the wasteland -- and, in doing so, endanger the world.

About the Author

OCTAVIA E. BUTLER was a renowned African-American writer who received a MacArthur "Genius" Grant and PEN West Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work. She was the author of several award-winning novels including Parable of the Talents, which won the Nebula for Best Novel. Acclaimed for her lean prose, strong protagonists, and social observations in stories that range from the distant past to the far future, sales of her books have increased enormously since her death as the issues she addressed in her Afrofuturistic, feminist novels and short fiction have only become more relevant. She passed away on February 24, 2006.

Praise For Clay's Ark


"Brilliant, endlessly rich...pairs well with 1984 or The
Handmaid's Tale.
"—John Green, New York Times (on Parable of the Sower)

"Wild Seed is a book that shifted
my life . . . It is as epic, as game-changing, as moving and brilliant
as any science fiction novel ever written."—Viola Davis

internationally acclaimed science fiction writer whose evocative, often
troubling, novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately,
what it means to be human."—New York Times

"More than any novel I've ever read, Octavia Butler's Wild
examines power, what it means to wield it responsibly and what it
means to resist it when it is wielded capriciously."—Rion Amilcar Scott, PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize-winning author of Insurrections

"In the ongoing contest over which dystopian
classic is most applicable to our time, Octavia Butler's 'Parable' books may be
unmatched."—New Yorker (on Parable of the Sower)

"Butler is one of the finest voices in
fiction-period . . . A master storyteller with a voice that cradles and
captivates, Butler casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty and
ignorance, and lets the reader see the terror and beauty of human nature."—Washington Post Book World

. . . apocalyptic . . . compelling."—Essence